FAIRFIELD — A jury trial is set to get underway Wednesday for a Vacaville man accused of fatally shooting two friends in the head and shooting another friend in the face while they partied at his apartment in 2010.
Richard R. Calkins, 22, is accused of killing Richard M. Perez, 20, and Cameron S. Silva, 21, before wounding Sarah Berkheimer on Nov. 16, 2010.
Berkheimer testified at a 2011 probable cause hearing that she and the three men spent the night eating psilocybin mushrooms, watching “Family Guy” on television and laughing until the shooting started at 2 a.m.
The trial, expected to take about a month, had been scheduled to start in January but was delayed after the doctor who performed the autopsies on the victims refused to testify. Dr. Susan Hogan told a prosecutor she would rather go to jail than take the witness stand.
Hogan is at the center of a controversy about questioned autopsy results and a secret investigation that led to her firing, which was labeled by sheriff’s officials as a retirement.
Prosecutors have not yet decided whether Hogan will be brought to the witness stand.
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This version corrects Richard R. Calkins’ age.